Approach to the acute abdomen in pregnancy.

  title={Approach to the acute abdomen in pregnancy.},
  author={Charlie Kilpatrick and Manju Monga},
  journal={Obstetrics and gynecology clinics of North America},
  volume={34 3},
  pages={389-402, x}
Numerous physiologic changes in pregnancy may affect the presentation of abdominal pain in pregnancy. A high index of suspicion must be used when evaluating a pregnant patient with abdominal pain. General anesthesia is considered safe in pregnancy. Intraoperative monitoring and tocolytics should be individualized. Laparoscopic surgery should be performed in the second trimester when possible and appears as safe as laparotomy. If indicated, diagnostic imaging should not be withheld from the… CONTINUE READING

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